Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA.
Type Academic Enrichment, Test Preparation
Dates 27 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
Deadline March 14, 2018


The College Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a tuition-free four-week residential program for undergraduate sophomores and juniors interested in entering the health professions. The program includes enrichment classes to enhance participants’ academic and communication skills. Seminars include the professional school application process with emphasis on medical school admissions and financing professional school. Seminars on biomedical research and cultural and contemporary health issues are also provided. Additionally, the SEP offers participants the opportunity to interact with medical students, scientists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. Optional weekend observations in the Emergency Department are provided. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant is awarded a Certificate of Achievement and a stipend.

Program Summary

Since the late 1970’s the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has been the home to the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).This highly structured four-week, residential program is solely funded by UMMS.  The goals of the program are to help participants improve their qualifications and competitive standings for admission to professional, graduate and/or medical school and to increase the diversity of the Massachusetts healthcare workforce. Participants must be college Sophomores and Juniors from groups under-represented in Biomedical research, Biotechnology and health professions (BBHP) in the commonwealth or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants must be Massachusetts residents who are U.S. citizens or those with Permanent Resident status and who have graduated from a Massachusetts high school and preferably attending a Massachusetts college or university.

During the program, the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and Cognitive Abilities Test are administered as pre-tests to establish baseline data for each participant. Program enrichment courses include formal sessions in English language/communication skills and “Physics as it relates to Physiology.” Participants are given daily reading and writing assignments, and engaged in analytical discussions about the assignments. Participants are required to research a health disparities project on a cultural group affected in Massachusetts and prepare a powerpoint presentation on their research. Guest lectures conduct seminars on contemporary health issues. Participants complete an AMCAS application, write an autobiography, take a practice MCAT examination and participate in a mock interview. The Nelson-Denny and Cognitive Abilities Tests are also administered at the end of the program as post-test to asses the participants progress during the program. During the Closing Program Ceremony certificates of completion and stipends are awarded. Three participants are selected to present their health disparities research projects. An extensive anonymous, post-program evaluation survey is administered to get feedback from the participants on the various elements of the program. Over 220 participants have completed the program between 1990-2012. Participants are tracked for their completion of college; post-secondary certificate programs; enrollment and completion of professional schools; and employment in the BBHP careers.


  • Applicants must have graduated from a Massachusetts high school and preferably attending a Massachusetts college or university.
  • Students who have completed a minimum of eight (8) credit hours of Organic Chemistry and who have completed a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of college work will receive priority consideration.
  • Current sophomores and juniors which are :
  • Under-represented individuals in medicine, nursing, biomedical research, biotechnology and the health professions (BBHP) are African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and South East Asians.
  • Disadvantaged individuals include those from economically disadvantaged (i.e. meets Federal guidelines for low income, poverty and/or free and reduced lunches) and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e. first generation college graduates)

    Applicants must meet criteria in the first two bullets and one in the last two

More Information

Robert E. Layne, M.Ed.
Dean of Outreach Programs and Worcester Pipeline Collaborative
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, Rm. S3-104
Worcester, MA 01655
Ph: 508-856-2417
Fax: 508-856-6540